Gwathmey Siegel: Inspiration and Transformation opened this week and continues through Jan. 27, 2012, at the Yale School of Architecture’s Art Gallery found on the second floor of Paul Rudolph Hall. The exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on projects by the 1982 AIA Firm of the Year, New York City-based Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects. Organized by Wilmington, N.C.’s Cameron Art Museum after North Carolina-born Charles Gwathmey passed away in 2009, the display of architectural drawings, sketchbooks, models, photographs, and more explores eight key works by the firm—four residential projects and four museum spaces.
Gwathmey, who graduated from Yale, met Harvard grad Robert Siegel while attending New York City’s High School of Music and Art. The pair later reconnected when they worked for Edward Larrabee Barnes. After Gwathmey received rave reviews on the house and studio he designed for his parents in 1965 (shown in the accompanying slideshow), he and Siegel launched their own firm in 1968. More than 40 years and 400 projects later, the firm remains successful and well-respected worldwide. Personal papers and effects of the principal architects—scrapbooks, journals, and student work—also will be on display during the show thanks to a donation of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects’ records to Yale by Gwathmey’s widow, Bette-Ann Gwathmey.
The exhibition is free and open to the public every day except Sunday. On Nov. 17 architect, critic, and historian Kenneth Frampton will discuss the firm and its work at Yale’s Hastings Hall. Click here